The Episcopal Church welcomes all people to church, including LGBTQI people and allies, God loves you. No exceptions.

We affirm the joy and celebration of two people who want to get married! Weddings, along with other sacramental services, are a part of church life and should be celebrated with the church community.

At this time, due to the transition of a new vicar starting, not having regular worship services with a community and only two staff people to help, we decided that we cannot host weddings or funerals. We hope to be able to have these services in the future!

If you are interested in having you wedding at another Episcopal Church in the community near St. John’s (there are a few!) we would be happy to connect you with them.

If you have a special connection to St. John’s, we encourage you to contact the vicar and set up a time to talk. We’d love to hear from you as we learn about the history of St. John’s and continue to be a presence in the neighborhood and community. This is an exciting time for the church!

If you have any questions or need anything clarified, please feel free to contact the vicar, Kelly, at: kaughenbaugh@dohio.org or 216-673-3974 and she will respond back to you. Thank you and God’s peace be with you.

If you are interested in learning more about what The Episcopal Church teaches about marriage and more about St. John’s, please keep reading.

On marriage….

“Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant...” (Book of Common Prayer, 422) and in addition to that, is a joyful occasion to be celebrated with the couple in community. St. John’s Episcopal Church has been a location for many weddings, some dating back to the mid 1800’s. Even a few of the stained glass windows in the church are dedicated to couples who have been married here.

Sacramental services are held with a church because the community of believers went to church together and worshipped together. Community is a part of our Christian being and as community we share in the life of one another, especially large life events like marriages and deaths. We support, encourage one another in faith, and listen to each other.

A little about St. John’s…

Today, St. John’s Episcopal Church and St. John’s Institute (a non-profit organization focused on arts, music, and connecting all people in the neighborhood) co-habit a space and strive to continue to live out a Spirit of generosity, love of other, and to be a place where all people are welcome and nurtured. It is an exciting time for St. John’s because of the interest in connecting church with community. Add in social media forms of communication and a unique neighborhood mixed with new and old businesses, long time buildings and residents with new ones and there is a plethora of ideas, people and interests. We are grateful to be a part of this neighborhood and city!

There are two staff members who serve with St. John’s: Tim- project director of the Institute and Kelly- vicar of St. John’s Church (a vicar is a Bishop’s representative).

Call, email or come visit St. John’s! We look forward to meeting and talking with you.